Rockmelon, also called Cantaloupe, are round or oval in shape and have a textured brown skin that looks like it has been covered in netting. When the melon is cut open, the centre contains lots of seeds that are scooped out. It’s the delicious orange flesh that is a favourite to eat on a hot summers day.
Rockmelons can be grown in very large containers such as an old bath but the vines will still spill over the sides and onto the ground so make sure there is plenty of room around it. Choose a spot that gets at least 6 hours of direct sunlight and fill the container with premium potting mix. Depending on the size of the container, plant one or two seedlings in each one; a large bath could have two growing in it. Once the seedlings are planted, water the soil lightly.
By far the best way to eat rockmelon is to slice it into long wedges and use a spoon to scoop out the seeds. Then, take the melon outside, lean forward and bite into it letting the delicious juices drip onto the floor.
Another great idea is to chop the orange flesh into cubes and mix it through fruit salads or just serve it on its own with vanilla icecream. If the melon flavour isn’t quite as sweet as it should be, sprinkle a tiny bit of sugar onto it and let it sit for about ten minutes before digging in.